May 20th, 2010
04:27 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin goes 'rogue' again, backs Didier for Senate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin bucked the GOP establishment on Thursday when she endorsed a Tea Party activist."](CNN) - Sarah Palin bucked the GOP establishment on Thursday when she endorsed Washington state Tea Party activist Clint Didier in his bid for the Senate.

On Twitter Thursday, Palin said she is "inspired" by Didier and said he is a "patriot running for U.S. Senate to serve his state & our country for all the right reasons!"

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has heavily recruited another Republican to run in the race, businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi. But Rossi, currently a commercial real estate investor, has so far remained uncommitted with only three weeks to go before the June 11 filing deadline.

Didier, a former professional football player, is relatively unknown in the state, registering 26 percent in a head-to-head matchup against incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray who stood at 50 percent. The same poll also showed Murray beating Rossi 51-34 percent.

Didier has already attacked Rossi, painting him as an firmly entrenched in the Republican establishment.

"If people want more of the same, the McCain or Bush type of governing, then they can support Dino," Didier said in a statement earlier this month.

Filed under: 2010 • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • Washington State
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Jeanine

    Sarah Palin again. LOL

    May 20, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I find it funny that everyone the "Killa from Wasilla" endorses, loses! She just lost this election for you Mr. Didier.

    May 20, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Ben in Texas

    Newsfllash! Didier receives the Palin Kiss of Death!

    How about a little "toast" with your "tea", Clint?

    May 20, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Ruty

    Why does CNN report ANYTHING Palin does? What she says and does is sooooooo unimportant and stupid. She is a NOBODY and nobody cares what she says or does. Someone needs to cage her and take her to the zoo.

    May 20, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Jimbo (The real one)

    Although I am not a Sarah Palin fan I have to admire her ability to remain in the limelight and rake in millions from her legions of fans who admire her for....? You know, I'm not sure why they admire her...!

    May 20, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. KHat39

    The candidate she backed said to vote for the other guy if you like the way McCain governs. Her own former running mate, whose policies she vehemently defended and supported all through the campaign.

    I think she just flips a coin to decide whom to endorse.

    May 20, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    I think Palin's "rogue" behavior is all calculated, probably with the establishment GOP's blessing.

    She's trying to build her cred as an "outsider" and a "maverick-y" kind of person, so in 2012 she can bill herself as someone "not afraid to stand up to Washington politics as usual."

    If she were to get elected President (God forbid!), she'd be just like GW Bush: A figurehead prez, giving speeches and rallying the base, while the likes of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney and all their corporate cronies run the show from behind the scenes.

    A pretty clever ploy, probably designed by Rove and Norquist and all the other rightwing loonies intent on destroying our country from the inside out.

    Too bad there are so many ignorant Americans unable (or unwilling) to see the Palin for the empty-headed scam she is.

    May 20, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Video Guy

    You go girl. Your the best thing that ever happen to the Democrats. Don't forget to put in a good word in for you soul mate Paul.

    May 20, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. geecee

    I think it's great that Palin is interfering with the Republican Party. They are losing credibility little by little because of their obstructionist positions in Congress anyhow, and now the Teabaggers are taking over, thanks to Palin. If the teabaggers run for office instead of the Republican establishment candidate, they will all lose in November. Can't ask for anything more than that? Go Palin, Go Teabaggers, lose, lose, lose. That woman is an idiot – but I have to give thanks where thanks is due!!!

    May 20, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Ruty

    This idiot need to get her hair out of her eyes.Maybe that is the reason she says such stupid things.-she can't see.

    May 20, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. lolo

    This woman does not get it. Please go back to Alaska and shut up. However she is really doing the true Americans a huge favor. She is opening our eyes to who the real unpatriotic people are, the tea partiers. Deep ih her heart this woman is a racist pig, and she is taking it all to the bank from her followers, Dumb and Dumber. Her picks may get the nomination, but they will not get to the office that is for sure. I am looking for John McCain to be the next one picked off because of her stupidity. The Republicans and Tea Partiers are eating each other up alive. Everyone else just stands back and cheer them on. Idiots

    May 20, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Indy

    It never ceases to amaze me that anyone would care about a former disgraced Governor endorsing a candidate. Sarah Palin has no job, holds no office, and was asked to leave her post in Alaska in which she was embroiled in fraud charges for her personal expenses charged to the state. Why anyone would take an "endorsement" from a disgraced former Governor that was booted out after a year is beyond stupid.

    May 20, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Brad

    Bungle, Baby, Bungle! Sarah is our best hope to render the GOP completely meaningless by November.

    May 20, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. What's The Opposite Of 'A Breath of Fresh Air'?

    A day without SP is like a day without . . . [fill in the blank]

    May 20, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. anthony

    Its simple.. Tea Party is where the money is at, and be it Palin is all about the benjamins, thats where she's at, you betcha'

    May 20, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Palin is a quitter

    Sara Palin quit only half way through her Governorship of Alaska that she was elected to by the people of Alaska. That by itself trumps everything else that is Sara Palin, period. How can anyone who calls themselves a true American stand behind a person who doesn’t fulfill their duty that they were sworn in to do?

    May 20, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Rich

    Talk Baby Talk we Dems need your smarts

    May 20, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. rick

    Is this poor excuse for a: mother / governor / public servant / public speaker / American woman (check all that apply), ever go away?

    May 20, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. twiddly

    wow, sarah is supporting someone who is openly bashing mccain!
    2 funny, gotta love the repug infighting, lol

    May 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Robert

    this Lady is a disgrace for the republicans. I am glad she is

    May 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Wisconsinite

    You go Palin! Keep setting those TPee-ers up so that we can mow 'em down!

    May 20, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Jessica @ work

    Could it be that most ppl see republicans=tea party anyway? They have split their own party.

    May 20, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Pat in IL

    She just keeps proving that she just doesn't get it. Why is this news?

    May 20, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Jim in San Mateo

    Sarah Palin collects stupid people the way dryer lint collects lint.

    I'm absolutely certain that her endorsement will bring him the extra 24% that he needs to beat the democratic candidate.

    May 20, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Bearced

    From what I have seen of Mrs. Palin "all the right reasons" means filling his own pockets with money.

    May 20, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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